tv The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino FOX News June 7, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm PDT
>> a live like of what is breaking news. the rose garden, the president and the japanese prime minister stepping up. i'm harris. here's dana. >> dana: fox's alert on a big day at the white house. we're awaiting a news conference with the president and japanese prime minister in the rose garden. i'm dana perino, this is "the daily briefing." the two leaders meeting earlier days before the president's summit with kim jong-un in singapore. japan is urging the u.s. to stick to a hardline approach in dealing with north korea and its nuclear program. joining me now, corey gardener of colorado and elizabeth warren of massachusetts. the senators are cheaping up on a bipartisan bill to make better laws on marijuana. i want to ask you about news of the day.
senator warren, welcome to the program. senator gard you've been here before. as we look forward to the g-7 and the summit next tuesday in singapore, do you think president trump deserves some credit for getting kim jong-un to the table? >> well, i certainly think president trump deserves credit. he's done more than the past two administrations to put the level of pressure that we needed to make this moment happen, to get china engaged a. i remain cautiously optimistic. we've been down this road before. we've seen promises made before and kim family promises broken. i hope that can change. >> dana: senator warren, i know the democrats sent the white house with a list of things that should be in an agreement and said to the white house, you're going to have to collaborate with the congress and consult with the congress before any deal is signed.
what do you think of that? >> i think what happened with iran and the fact that the president backed out of the deal raises the question in north korea about are we going to get a deal that is as least the deal was as good as iran and hopefully better. a deal the president feels like he will stand behind. north korea is a bad actor. we all want to see the nuclear weapons gone. i hope the president succeeds in north korea but that means getting rid of the nuclear weapons and making sure we can verify that they're gone. >> dana: would you support, senator warren, that president trump is saying that north korea would have to verify whereas in the iran deal, they were allowed to self-inspect, which didn't give confidence. >> remember, in the iran deal, we had the outside atomic agency doing inspections as well as the
opportunity for any country that was party to the deal to be able to come in and inspect on short notice. i think that's a very good model and a model that we might use with north korea. maybe the president has a stronger model in mind. if so, we would like to see it. >> dana: as the president says, we'll see what happens. that's tuesday. senator gardner, let's talk about the legislation that you introduced today. you and i have from colorado. we have similar feelings about the initial legislation. what i learned is you have to accept things as they are, not wish how they would be. i want the ask you how this legislation will solve what -- well, what problem are you trying to solve with the legislation? there's been other legislation introduced, for example, bernie sanders and corey booker, have legislation to deal with marijuana and the states. how is yours different? >> i think this legislation tries to solve the very unique challenge of a federal state
conflict in a way that appreciates the tenth amendment and a federalism approach, this is allowing the states to determine for themselves what they'll do under recreational marijuana or medical marijuana or cbd and oils and anything in this area of the law, this is not a legalization bill. this doesn't change the schedule. this says if a state like massachusetts or colorado decides to legalize, that would be allowed under federal law. if a state like oklahoma doesn't want to do that, nothing changes. the only way this affects anything is if the state's action occurs first. >> dana: senator warren, tell me about your decision to team up with corey gardner on this. you think it would get more support than booker sanders' bill and you think it's something that the white house will support? president president trump would but the attorney general, but jeff sessions, i don't know if he'll be for it. >> the way we see this, we're trying to take care of our home
states. there's a real problem posed by this conflict. it's not just an issue on paper. it means right now, for example, in colorado and soon in massachusetts, someone that buys marijuana, someone that sells marijuana is complying with state law, but they are in violation of federal law. that puts them at risk. worse, the businesses that are there to sell marijuana, medicinal marijuana, other marijuana, they can't take the money from their sales and put it in a bank because thus federal laws prohibits the use of money that has come from so-gotten ill gained -- >> dana: and your legislation would fix it? >> yes. and there's tax problems for these startups. the conflict helps nobody. all the conflict does is create trouble, creates chaos and creates problems for businesses
and for individuals in our home state. what we decided, we wanted to take on solving this problem for massachusetts, solving this problem for colorado and solving this problem for any other state that is caught in the middle. >> dana: i think there's four states that don't have something on the books. perhaps this will move forward. lets ask you about the mid-terms. corey gardner, possibly not a better year for the chairman of the gop from the way the math looks, the races that you're targeting. senator joe manchin, the democrat in a tough race in west virginia a seat you thought you could pick up. so he says he regrets his endorsement of hillary clinton in 2016. he could see himself supporting president trump in 2020. do you think that that will hurt your chances of trying to make that blue state into a red one for the senate? >> i think people understand
when election comes up, that president trump is very popular in west virginia. he will spend time there. they'll make their own decision. i don't think any state, particularly west virginia, wait for washington to tell them what to do. what i do know, we're about halfway between the time the tax bill passed into law and the time the election is coming up in november. a lot has changed the past several months. a lot could change the next several months. this is kind of the midseason of politics, so to speak. year doing great work to build that opportunity. >> dana: as the democrats try to figure out what they're going to do not just in 2018 but beyond, senator warren, i wanted you to listen to senator chuck schumer and talk about the democrat's messaging in this time. >> in 2016, maybe there was too much emphasis just on negative trump and people lost that. we are getting it back. we can't just be anti-trump. people sort of know what trump
is. he makes the anti-trump argument himself. >> dana: what do you think about that, senator warren? >> i think that democrats are going to be out running on a set of issues that matter to people at their hearts, at their homes where they live. things like the rising cost of healthcare. things like the tax bill that passed. that tax bill is not popular in a lot of places. giving away 1.5 trillion to giant banks, corporations and billionaires. and then turning around and having someone like speaker of the house say it's fine to think about cutting medicaid or medicare or social security. that is hard on families. the opioid crisis that has hurt so many families across the country. we want to fight back. the republicans say there's no money. we think we should do investments in infrastructure,
repair the crumbling infrastructure and build a 21st century infrastructure. >> dana: i think a lot of people agree with you on that. >> good. >> dana: but there's a new poll today, nbc and "wall street journal" put out a poll about the mid-terms. it's curious how the democrats will position themselves going into 2018 and 2020. one of the polls was asking this question. if you were more likely or less likely to be enthusiastic about a candidate if they were endorsed by bill clinton. 27% said that makes them uncomfortable, hillary clinton 37% said that makes them uncomfortable. then you also have that president trump makes 38% of people uncomfortable. so i'm curious if you think there's a need for the democrats to sort of break out from what they did before, from what they did in 2016 and is it time for something new for the democratic party?
>> i think these endorsements are not how elections get decided. i think the election of 2018 will be decided on the rising cost of healthcare, whether or not we have a response on the opioid crisis, on investing in infrastructure, bringing down the amount of student loan debt. i think as long as we're out there talking about the issues, the american people will get a choice. i like our side of the issues on this. >> dana: it's interesting to fight back in the middle of a good and roaring economy. lots of things to discuss. i hope you come back, both of you. thank you. >> thank you. >> dana: let's bring in john roberts in the rose garden. i've been keeping an eye on it to see if the president and mr. abe would come out. we have a few minutes for you, john.
>> we're closer than we were seven minutes ago. the secretary of state is here. we're waiting for the vice president to show up. the president has been in an extended bilateral meeting with shinzo abe for about the last 40 minutes. the president making it clear that he is prepared for this summit, which will be tuesday morning in singapore. that will be monday evening here in the united states. the president said it's not about being prepared. everybody is prepared for this. the united states has been prepared for a long time, north korea is prepare add long time. what is important is attitude, the willingness to get things done. the president in the oval office awhile ago saying denuclearization, he said they have to denuke. denuclearization is at the heart of making a deal with north korea. if they play their old game of well, we'll give up a little bit in exchange for concessions and, you know, money and other goods
from the united states, that won't be good enough. the president has talked about it in the past that he would like to see an all-in one denuclearization, giving up the nuclear program in north korea but may have to be a more phased-in approach. think logistically the phased-in approach is more realistic. we'll get a couple chances to ask questions of the president in terms of however is he willing to go in terms of normalizing a relationship. what about the peace deal and his vision of denuclearization is. >> dana: tons to talk about, john. thanks for bringing that's report. >> you bet. >> dana: we're waiti forhe president to hold the news coer that to you live. we'll be right back.
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>> dana: fox news alert. we're awaiting the president's news conference with japanese prime minister shinzo abe. we have karl rove with us. you can see the secretary of state there and the vice president, ivanka trump, sarah sanders and john bolton. they're all there sitting down now, so that means the leaders should be coming out. a big day at the white house as you have one of our greatest allies, the japanese, who served together with us in a lot of different things, especially during the war on terror. they're worried about this summit next week. the president has a lot of balancing to do with the allies and preparing for kim jong-un. your thoughts. >> the japanese are on the front line. they're very close to korea. they've had incidents where japanese nationals have been taken to korea. they're very nervous.
they want denuclearization to happen but they also don't want it to be tied to withdrawal of the u.s. troops from south ko a korea. they have a lot after stake. three nervous about this. they're sending out signals. but they're a great ally and i hope the listen listens to what his friend and ally, prime minister abe has to say. >> dana: you never know what the american corps will ask about. sometimes it's never about the topic. >> shocking. >> dana: it will be interesting to meet and listen to what the japanese ask of abe and the president, because there will be this press conference. the daily beast reporting that the president has said he's open to inviting kim to a summit at mar-a-largo and according to two fishes, he raised the possibility of a leisurely activity and maybe golf if the two get along.
it's hard to imagine that would take place. but i guess it could happen. what do you think of thinking ahead that far? it's like hopeful. right? >> well, hopeful and optimistic. let's remember, four times kim's family, his grandfather and father have promised to give up their nuclear program and four times they reneged on it. whatever they promise, we have to be very careful that it's followed up on. let's not give relief from the sanctions or visits to mar-a-largo unless we're competent that they're on the line, on the road to getting rid of their nuclear we pops and their icbms. >> dana: i know the white house has said they're not going to talk about human rights at summit. surely it's on the mind of the president and his advisers. and from the reports that we
know about the hermit regime, it's dismal there for the citizens. when is a good time to bring it up? >> maybe he doesn't bring it up with kim but the united states should never find a moment where it doesn't talk about this. we ought to talk about the important of human rights, the importance of opening up the regime. we should talk about the right of every person on this planet not to live in servitude and the political prisoners in north korea and potentially hundreds of thousands in the political reeducation camps. we ought to talk about that. it gives a moral authority to the united states, gives heart to those in north korea that hear that toward and sends a message that we do believe in liberty and freedom as enunciated in our declaration of independence. >> dana: karl, you a historian as well. the president has indicated that
it's possible that next tuesday that they might sign a peace deal, the north koreans and the south koreans could put the war behind them. what do you think of that? >> that would be a step forward. only, it's only symbolic. north korea has made it clear that the peninsula of korea should be united under the north korean regime. that's the goal of kim and his father and his grandfather before him. but it would be nice to have -- we've been operating since 1951 with an armistice. would be nice to have it end in peace and north and south can have secure borders and live in peace and prosperity with their neighbors. >> dana: tell me about the other sticking points. the north koreans think the united states should not have troops there. reportedly president trump is
skeptical about the ongoing benefit of having american there's on the peninsula. is that something that might be discussed tuesday and could the president make a dramatic decision on that? >> the north koreans will bring it up. if the president makes a decision to draw down troops or numbers, it will cause a big problems in the pacific. not only does south korea believe it's important for u.s. troops to remain there but so do the japanese and the other allies. it would be a terrible move in the united states were to either withdraw entirely or dramatically reduce its presence in the region. think about how different the world would look if a few years after world war ii or a few years at the declaration of the armistice in europe that we had withdrawn from korea? the world would be different. we would be foolish to withdraw u.s. troops precipitously from
south korea, particularly given the erratic nature of the north korean regime. >> dana: karl, if you'll stick around. preparations are underway in quebec city for the g-7. rick leventhal is there. >> dana a lot of uncertainty about how bad things might get here in quebec city from protests. a lot of business owners want to protest their interests. so stores are boarding up today in anticipation of demonstrations. these guys finished this store and will go to the other stores. back to you now, dana. more on this later. >> dana: thanks, rick. we have president trump and japanese prime minister abe approaching their podiums. listen in. >> thank you very much. today i'm greatly honored to welcome my good friend, japanese
prime minister abe to the white house. we have worked closely together to address common challenges, of which there are many, seize opportunities and advance the interests of our nations. today we've had another deeply productive and very valuable discussion. we've developed not only a strong working relationship over the last 1 1/2 years, specifically 503 days, but a great personal friendship. i was honored by the tremendous hospitality the prime minister showed me when the american delegation went to japan last year. we had the prime minister and mrs. abe at mar-a-largo in palm beach. the steadfast alliance with japan and the united states is a
steadfast force of peace. from the beginning of my administration, the prime minister and i have been working to expand our cooperation in a range of areas including defense and commerce. that's what we discussed today. as i prepare to meet next week with kim jong-un. i want to bring up the fact that the prime minister and also president moon of south korea were extremely helpful, cooperative and they'd like to see something happen. it would be great for north korea, south korea, be great for japan, the united states and the world. our partnership has been invaluing in reaching this important moment and will continue to be in very close communication in the weeks ahead. including issue of japanese abductees which i know is of great personal importance to prime minister abe. i hope the upcoming meeting in singapore represents the
beginning of a bright new future for north korea and indeed a bright new future for the world. the denuclearization of the korean peninsula would usher in a new era of prosperity, security and peace for all north koreans, north and south and people everywhere. prime minister and i are working to improve the trading relationship between the united states and japan. something that we have to do. the united states seeks a bilateral deal with japan that is based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. we're working hard to reduce the trade imbalance, remove barriers to u.s. exports and to achieve a fair and beneficially mutually economic partnership. we're on our way. the prime minister was just telling that's they're buying
billions and billions of additional products of all kinds. military, jets, airliners from boeing, lots of farm products. we're going to be doing more business with japan. there's never been a better time to invest in the united states. thanks to our massive tax cuts, historic deregulation, a strong trade policy, which has just begun because i will tell you over the years it's been an extraordinarily weak trade policy, the open of american energy and the return to the rule of law, our economy is absolutely booming. best it's ever been. unemployment is at the lowest level in nearly half a century and for african american and hispanic american workers, unemployment has reached its lowest level ever reported. we welcome and encourage japanese investors to open new
plants and factories in the united states and that will happen. the prime minister has told me that will happen. we want new auto plants going into michigan and pennsylvania and ohio. and many of our states that have them and some that don't and they'll be doing that. jap japan has also remained a critical partner in our efforts to promote a free and open pacific region where sovereign nations uphold the rule of law, respect the rights of their neighbors and honor the interests of their people. these core principles allow diverse nations to thrive and prosper altogether in one beautiful peaceful atmosphere. we're all happy about it. that is what is happening now. prime minister abe, it's a privilege to work with you. a great friend. thank you for being here at the white house for our meetings today. so productive.
i'm very proud to say the bonds between our nations are stronger than ever before and i know that together we can unlock incredible opportunities, achieve remarkable new prosperity and ensure the safety and security of our citizens for a very, very long time to come. that's what we intend to do. thank you very much. thank you. mr. prime minister. >> mr. president, i'm so grateful for this meeting that you offered with great hospitality at such a busy time as g-7 summit and the north korean summit is upcoming. i also would like to express my appreciation to the people of the united states for always warmly welcoming us as your
ally. in five days, the u.s.-north korea summit will take place. first of all, i would like to pay my deep respect to the outstanding leadership of president trump as he made this decision that no past presidents were able to accomplish. in the last 18 months, we spend many hours to discuss this issue. we shall never repeat the past mistakes. while this floor is shared between us, we are able to witness a historic talk which will take place shortly. today, with president trump, our discussion was focused on issue of north korea. what should we do as we approach the summit as well as the peace
and stability of northeast asia after the summit? on this topic, we took good amount of time and carried out in depth and candid exchange of views. i'm not able to talk about the details of what we have discussed. but one thing i can say is that japan and the united states are always together. i strongly hope that this historic summit in singapore will be a resounding success. there is a beautiful town facing the sea of japan. a mere 13-year-old girl living there was abducted by north korea. 45 years have passed since then during which time family members single-mindedly prayed for her
return and kept on waiting. the parent became old, remaining time is slipping away. it's the long-held desire of the japanese people to have her and all of their abductees come home so that the parents, while they're healthy, can embrace the girl and other abductees again in their arms. of course, i wish to directly face north korea and talk with them so that abduction problem be resolved quickly. to this end, i'm determined to pay all possible means. on behalf of the citizens of japan, i'd like to thank president trump and the people of the understand for their
understanding of the resolving of the abduction issue. japan will continue ask for complete implementation of the successive united nations security council resolutions. there's no change-ups at all for japan's policy to seek comprehensive solution of the abduction, nuclear and missile progr programs and to realize peace in northeast asia. this is what japan strongly hopes for. now a major step forward is about to be taken. president trump, you are about to make a new history. not only japan but the whole international community is strongly looking forward for the united states-north korea summit to open doors for the northeast
asia. north korea has much to work for. if north korea is willing to take steps towards the right direction, north korea can see a bright future ahead for itself. japan, based on the japan north korea pyongyang declaration is prepared to settle the unfortunate past to normalize our diplomatic relations. japan wishes to play the role much. donald, i highly value your strong commitment to world peace and prosperity. in closing, i wish to add that japan stands ready to make every several to assist you for the success of u.s. north korea summit. thank you. >> i appreciate it. we'll take a few questions.
we can start. john roberts, go ahead. >> mr. president, on the subject of north korea, how far are you willing to go in terms of economic security, political guarantees with kim, are you willing to move down the road toward normalizing relations with north korea as the prime minister suggested he was willing to. you teased us on the south lawn last week. you said you might sign a peace deal to end the war. where are you with that and what was in the letter? >> the letter was just a greeting. very nice. perhaps i can get approval to put it out. a warm letter, a nice letter. i appreciated it very much. nothing other than we look forward to seeing you and look forward to the summit and hopefully some wonderful things
will work out. it was really a very warm, nice letter. we appreciated it. i think, john, that we are going to -- we're going to have a great success. i don't think it will be in one meeting. this has been going on for many, many decades. this is something that should have been solved by other presidents, long before this point. they waited till the last second. they shouldn't have waited. this should have been solved by many others. i'm not just saying president obama. all the others. this could have been solved in an easier manner and a lot less dangerous manner. but it wasn't, so i'll solve it and we'll get it done. as far as the prime minister is concerned, we will agree and we have agreed that we're going to be helping, if the deal is done, north korea and working with china, we're going to be working with south korea, president xi
of china has been terrific. the border has been more closed than ever before. i'd like them to close it more. it's been more closed than ever before. china has never worked with us this way. i give them credit. as you know, we're in a dispute as to the imbalance of trade. it's a massive imbalance in china's favor. it's been that way for many decades. it should have also been handled by previous presidents. but it wasn't. so we'll handle that, too. i give president xi tremendous credit and president moon a lot of credit. he would like to see something happen. they've been living with the threat of war from their beginning. it doesn't make sense. i believe that kim jong-un wants to do something. i think he wants to see something incredible happen for the people of north korea. we have a lot of great opportunities. shouldn't have waited to this point but we have a lot of great opportunity. >> again, would you be willing
to normalize relations with north korea? what about the idea of signing some sort of an agreement to end the war? >> could be. could sign an agreement that would be a first step. it's what happens after the agreement that is the big point. but yes, we could absolutely sign an agreement. we're looking at it, talking about it with them, talking about it with a lot of other people. that could happen. that's really the beginning. sounds a little bit strange, but that's probably the easy part. the hard part is after that. >> normalizing relations. >> normalizing relations is something i expect to do, something to do when everything is complete. i hope to do that. i know prime minister abe and president moon have told me very strongly that they're going to go and they will help them economically tremendously. japan has a tremendous stake and so do they. we are very far away. very, very far away.
japan will be helping. i believe china will be helping economically also. i think china wants to see something very good happen, very positive happen. certainly south korea has stated their intentions. a lot of good factors lined up for north korea. a lot of tremendous factors to give it tremendous potential. the people are great. we would certainly like to see normalization. yes. >> prime minister abe, if i can address you as well. we now he important an issue the abductees is for you. president trump said at mar-a-largo in your last meeting that it's a very important issue for him. we know about the medium range ballistic missiles. did you get an assurance from president trump that he would address both of those in his first meeting with kim?
>> today we had long hours of discussion that was -- with president trump. good amount of discussion. on the issue of abduction, i had a detailed discussion and i think president trump fully understands the position of japan. last year president trump visited japan. on that occasion he met with the families of abductees. i told you about the 13-year-old abducted. the mother of the girl met with president tmp andery seriously he intently listened to the voices and the views of the family members. so president trump amongst the world leaders, he's one of the leaders that understands the issue the most. the greatest. so at the upcoming summit, the important of abductee abduction will be explained to mr. kim
jong-un. what about the medium range missiles? as i said earlier on in my statement, the security council's resolution must be implemented. so all weapons of mass destruction, all ballistic missiles. these are the words used in the u.n. resolution of the security council. in other words, the security council resolution must be completely implemented. on this point, we all share the same view. i'm convinced about it. next question, please. >> thank you. i have a question for president trump as well as the prime minister abe. you have not used the language of applying the largest pressure
north korea,ut are you continuing with the sanctions? and denuclearization you'll be asking for that. what is the deadline for the denuclearization? and my question to prime minister, are you in full agreement, complete agreement with the united states? president trump has stated that we're implementing sanctions and those sanctions are very strong sanctions. he also stated that until north korea takes the action, the sanctions will not be lifted and japan is in full agreement and japan's position is perfectly in alignment with the united states. in our summit meeting, we had discussion with president trump
on how to respond to north korea. as for the future policy on north korea, inclusive of the u.s. north korean summit meeting, we have details, coordination, aligning our positions. as i have already mentioned, japan and the united states are always together. japan and the united states will be in full alignment to see success for the historic u.s. north korea summit meeting in singapore. >> yes, maximum pressure is in full effect. we don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation. perhaps after that negotiation, i'll use it again. we'll know how well we do with the negotiation. if you see me say we're going to use maximum pressure, you know the negotiation did not do well, frankly. there's no reason to say it. in the meantime, we haven't removed any sanctions.
we have a list of over 300 massive sanctions to put on north korea and i decided to hold that until we make a deal. i believe there's a potential to make a deal. i don't think it's nice going in under those circumstances. yes, the campaign hasn't changed. china has continued to hold the border. we would like them to do more, but they've been really good. the president has been very good. maximum sanction is there. we're leaving all of the existing sanctions on. we have many, many sanctions to go. i don't want to use them unless it's necessary. i don't think it will be necessary but we'll soon know. okay? thank you. daily caller. >> thank you, mr. president. i have a question for the prime minister as well.
mr. president, you said you're willing to walk away from the negotiations. under what conditions will you walk away and if the summit goes will, will you invite kim jong-un to the united states? >> the answer is yes to the second part of your question. certainly if it goes well. and i think it will be well-received. i think he would look at it very favorably. i think that could happen. all i can say is i am totally prepared the walk away. i did it before. you have to walk away. if you're not going to walk away -- we didn't walk away from the horrible iran deal that was signed. look at what happened since i signed that deal. i say it with great respect for the people of iran but iran is acting differently. they're no longer looking to the mediterranean. they're no longer looking so much to what is going on in syria, what is going on in yemen
and other plays. they're a different country the last three months. again, i say that with hope that maybe something can happen. when you mentioned sanctions, we're putting sanctions on iran the likes of which nobody has seen before, including frankly north korea. that would have been the next phase if we did it or find it necessary to do. nuclear to me always first and we're going to be fine with respect to iran. and also, we got something out of it that is very important. a lot of the people that write about this, some of whom i have great respect for but they have not picked it up, iran is not the same country that it was a few months ago. they're much, much different group of leaders, and i hope at some point they'll come to us
and we'll sit down and we'll make a deal that is good for them, good for us and great for everybody. great for iran. if they would have walked our side from the horrible provisions that we all know about, we could have had a great deal. nothing wrong with a deal. there's something wrong with that deal. we had a great opportunity to make a phenomenal deal. so i'm totally prepared to walk. it could happen. maybe it won't be necessary. i hope it won't be necessary. i believe that kim jong-un wants to do something that is going to be great for his people and also great for his family, great for himself. okay? thank you very much. >> if you do invite him to the it, would it be the white house or the mar-a-largo? >> maybe we'll start with the white house. what do you think?
>> mr. prime minister, you are the only major world leader not to have a planned sit down with kim jong-un. you hinted that you would be willing to do so on the matter of abductees. do you have any plans to do so and would it be focused on abductees or would yo have a separate discussion with kim jong-un without the united states? >> of course. on the issue of abduction, we have to resolve this problems. with the abe administration, this is of the highest priority. if anything contributes to that resolution, if the talk leads to the solution of the problem between u.s. and north korea or between japan and north korea, meetings we wish to have on the issue of abduction in the final
analysis. chairman kim jong-un and between now, japan and north korea, the problem has to be solved. of course, for japan, missile issue and nuclear issue very important. nuclear issue, missile issues, regarding these issues, that the u.s. and north korea summit meeting, first and foremost, i'm hopeful for the progress. and then on the issue of abduction, we will collaborate with the u.s. and international community and japan, ourselves must talk directly with north korea in the final analysis i'm determined about that.
>> thank you. prime minister abe, i have questions to the prime minister as well as president trump. you have mentioned on the abduction issue in order to hold the summit. the premise is that you need to obtain results for the abduction issue. what kind of pathway are you visioning for the summit met something the meeting with president trump, have you asked the president to raise the question of abduction at the u.s. north korea summit meeting in singapore? next is my question to president trump. you have -- kim jong-un has maintained his position that abduction issue is something that had been resolved. so what kind of explanation has been given to the united states in the abduction issue via the
consultations? how should we approach north korea in order to seek solution for the abduction? what did you convey to prime minister abe in that regard? >> i'll speak first. i can tell you on the prime minister's behalf, he very much talked about abduction. it was preimminent in our conversations. he talked about it long and hard and passionately. i will follow his wishes and we will be discussing that with north korea, absolutely. absolutely. >> now, at our japan-u.s. summit that we had in mar-a-largo in february, today once again, as president trump has mentioned already, i have explained on the abduction issue once again. i have conveyed to him the
earnest wish of the families of the abductees. president trump once again has stated that the abduction issue will be raised at the upcoming u.s. north korea summit. now, at the u.s.-north korea summit meeting, the matters to be discussed, i would refrain from this at this juncture. japan's positions were explained at length and president trump has given his understanding and he has promised that issue will be brought up at the summit meeting in singapore. i'm delighted of this. president trump and the international community, i would like to closely work with president trump as well as the international community to find solution to the issue. japan needs to have direct
consultation with north korea. i have not changed my resolve in doing so. under this issue and result, what will be conducive to solve this abduction issue, of course,ly have to think about the summit meeting for japan, north korea summit meeting and what is more important, the abduction issue, the solution to all of these issues must be solved. i hope that we will be able to realize the meeting which would lead to a solution of the problem. first and foremost, we need to seek advancement for the abduction, nuclear missile program, japan and u.s. should closely cooperate with each other so we will be able to see great success for the historic u.s.-north korea summit meeting. japan would like to give our
all-out effort and support. thank you. >> i'd like to close by paying my highest respect and regards and love, frankly, i have gotten to know him very well, to the otto warmbier family who was a brilliant, beautiful, terrific young man. he has not died in vain. i can tell you that. he's not died in vain. so to the warbier family, our love and respect. also, i'd like to say that we were tremendously successful in getting our three hostages back. i'm very thankful to the cooperation that we received from north korea. the three united states citizens are now very happily ensconced in their homes with their families. very happy. they didn't think it was going
to happen. frankly wouldn't have happened but it has. i just want to wish them well also. they had a tough journey. i really respect the fact that we're able to work with the north korean folks and get them out very, very well engrained already. they're back into -- they were telling me they're now going to movies and going out to dinner. they're back. they're back in our country. it's a terrific thing. i believe we'll have a terrific success or a modified succeed. in one for or another, if it all goes. and things can happen between now and then. but i know many of you are going. i look forward to seeing you there. i look forward to traveling with you. it's a long way. i really believe that we have the potential to do something incredible for the word.
it's my honor to be involved. thank you very much. thank you. >> dana: that was president trump and prime minister abe in a very important conference leading to the summit. let's bring back karl rove. a quick thought from you, karl and then we have senator portman on the other side. >> first of all, the president made it clear, if he doesn't get a deal, he's walking away. he put the additiol sanctions hold bause he wanted to set the right tone. but they're ready to go if the north koreans don't agree to denuclearization. i was concerned that we have not heard about comprehensive, irreversible, verifiable. we didn't hear that formulation today but that's probably very much on the table. the president was clear. from abe's side, there were two
things i took away. one is very clearly said, we're in sync with the united states on the sanctions and the goals for many meeting and made it clear that japan that wants a resolution of the abduction issue, which is very emotional in japan. the idea of a foreign country coming in, grabbing japanese nationals and taking them back to north korea is a problem to the japanese and it's clear that they want something done to resolve that issue. the north koreans have said we've taken care of it, but the japanese feel differently. >> dana: all right. karl rove, thanks so much. i'm joined by republican senator rob portman, a member of the foreign relations committee and a former u.s. trade representative. during the press conference, president trump wanted to end it by talking about a family that you know well, the warmbiers and your thoughts on that, senator portman. >> i was glad to hear it.
i was with the warmbiers last weekend. i spent about 18 months trying to bring otto warmbier home and in a safe and healthy condition. that was not possible in the end because he was imprisoned by the north koreans inappropriately, illegally in my view. then he was allowed for 16 months to be in a vegetative state without them telling us. the whole time, i was meeting with north koreans, trying to get him back. tells me two things, dana. one is the nature of the regime and there's a certain evil there when you think about what they did to otto warmbier and second of all, the needs for diplomacy. that's why i support this summit. to me, this reminds us of the need to talk directly.
we did have those types of communication with regard to at toe. he would have potentially being avoided of being in the state he was if we had direct talks and diplomacy. >> dana: perhaps that is a door open now. as president trump said, the three are back now. let me ask you about something else. the press asked him and this is a question on everyone's mind. so you have the iran nuclear deal that the president is going to -- he's out of it. the united states is out of it. we have the north korean negotiations on going. your committee yesterday unveiled something pretty shocking about the iran deal that we didn't know before. how do you see all of this from a bigger picture perspective rather than just individually? >> well, it's a great lesson. yesterday we were able to issue a report after two years of work saying the obama administration mislead congress, mislead the
people on allowing the iranians to have access to the u.s. financial system in connection with the iran agreement. it's a long story and somewhat complicated one. the reality is, they came, they testified and weren't allowing the sanctions to be broken. there would be no access to t u.s. financial system and they d it to the iranians. in the end, they refused. the point is there was no transparency. congress didn't know about it. there would have been a lot of concern about that, deep concern. so the lesson there is, with regard to a future agreement with north korea, let's be sure this is all on the up and up. that we have transparency. if sanctions are not to be released, maximum presentation sure should be applied. the american people deserve to know. second, it shows us the difficulty of putting these agreements together. the other side will push back hard. no question about it, as iran did. they were angry with the obama administration and they bowed to
the pressure and allowed them to have it. we have to be cautious but i'm glad we're having to meeting and hopeful. >> dana: thanks, senator. thanks for joining us. busy day. i'm dana perino. up next, shep smith. >> shepard: all new and fresh this hour, coming to america. kim of north korea. it's noon on the west coast. 3:00 in washington where president trump wrapped up a news conference on trade and north korea and saying the next week's summit goes well, the north korean dictator could score a white house invite. mike pompeo set to brief reporters ahead of the singapore summit. we'll have it live. and plus, the president accuses the fbi of inserting a spy in his campaign. of course, there's no evidence that anything like that happened and now some top republicans are finally pushing back. the justice department now looking to put all of